September 24, 2004

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Friday, September 24, 2004


This week - the Conservative take on government secrecy. Also the trials of Dan Rather go on, and on.

World on Bush on World

This week representatives from 191 nations gathered for the 59th meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. President Bush gave the traditional welcome, drawing a "polite" reception from those gathered. His remarks came less than a week after U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan agreed that the US-led invasion was illegal. Brooke ...


Transparency is Right

This summer, 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean noted that three-quarters of the classified material he reviewed during the investigation shouldn't have been classified in the first place. Since then, we've heard a new round of calls for revising federal guidelines on secrecy, and not just from the usual suspects. Heritage ...


Homefront Confidential

The "war on terrorism" brings with it an ever-present state of alert, and constant warnings about the threat to our society. Most of those warnings are from our government, in the form of color-coded threat levels. But now comes an alert about our government's incremental assault on the public's right ...


Sue Me, Sue Me

Whether tort reform is good social and economic policy is a legitimate political issue. But it's also a serious journalistic concern. Investigative reporter Morton Mintz, who broke the Thalidomide story during his many decades as a staffer at The Washington Post, tells Bob how court records from civil litigation are ...


Settling Down With a Good Movie

Most of the time, trial lawyers don't ever make it to trial. Personal injury lawyer Len Gabbay often serves his clients' interests by keeping them out of court. And he does it with the help of a video camera. Gabbay compiles documentaries on the suffering of the plaintiff, and screens ...


Interrogating Freedom

Months after it punished a New York Times reporter for unflattering coverage, the Brazilian government is again under fire for a new measure to keep the press in check. Lawmakers are debating a proposal for a Federal Journalism Council that would have the power to "orient, discipline, and monitor" reporters, ...


Re: The Longest Sixty Minutes

More plot twists this week in what's been called the CBS "Docu-Drama." Dan Rather apologized for his network's irresponsibility, rumors swirled about the origins of the forged documents, and CBS created a panel to investigate. Bob gives a sampling of the response to our own coverage of the scandal, and ...



Leaks are part and parcel of the Fourth Estate, and a tremendous irritant to the Bush Administration, especially back in the early days of the War on Terror. That was when Bob produced this piece on the pros, cons and mechanisms of the ever-present, and indispensable, Washington leak.


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